3Com Corporation and Research In Motion (RIM) are working together to combine 3Com's Internet Protocol (IP)-private branch exchange (PBX) and wireless local area network (WLAN) switch with RIM's BlackBerry wireless solution for WLAN networks. The companies plan to offer a rich set of voice and data applications to on-campus enterprise users.
The joint 3Com - RIM WLAN solution will provide corporate and government organizations with a session initiation protocol (SIP)-based BlackBerry handheld that is tied into their existing PBX telephony. The solution will enable on-campus employees to use always-on BlackBerry applications such as email, VoIP, browser and organizer in conjunction with the BlackBerry platform's connectivity features including push-based services, security and back-end integration.
The 3Com - RIM alliance integrating SIP standard-based products will start with the Blackberry 7270 (pictured).